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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★

    Say what you will about Pirates of the Caribbean (and people will) but any film where a Union Jack heralds the baddies is ok with me.

    Nonsensical, overblown, and entirely unwarranted, Dead Men Tell No Tales (or Salazar's Revenge as it's called here) is still...kinda...alright.

    The series has always been at its best when it puts aside all the mythology and ludicrous legends and focuses on tangible adventure and escapades. Jack Sparrow's emergence from inside a locked safe, hungover and…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★

    Everyone with parents of a certain age has Exorcist folklore. My dad tells me it was the scariest thing he'd ever seen, and how he'd have to sneak around to try and see it, and how he was never one to be shaken but the Exorcist was truly terrifying.

    The folklore is scarier than the film, especially for a modern and desensitised audience. The existence of the film itself was horror personified, causing fear and broadcasting restrictions wherever it went.…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • Snatched

    Snatched

    There's a character who, having been kidnapped, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's characters keep calling. He's homeland security, and he's completely uninterested in their plight. Having told them to get to the embassy in Bogota, he hangs up. He hangs up again and again. He has the utter delight of ending his interaction with the rest of the characters in Snatched on multiple occasions and God how we envy him.

    It's an aggressively unfunny film, dragging even at a merciful…